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The Cobra King of Kathmandu (Children of the Lamp S.) Hardcover – 7 Aug 2006
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In The Cobra King of Kathmandu, the twins find themselves in yet another adventure. Unbeknownst to the twins, their mother is readying herself to become the Blue Djinn of Babylon. Meanwhile, John and Philippa come to the rescue of fellow Djinn Dybbuk (Buck) who has stumbled upon a great Djinn conspiracy. Someone seems to be trying to find young Djinn, tracking them down through dental records showing young children whose wisdom teeth erupt earlier than the average person. What is this person up to? Why does he want to capture a Djinn?
I enjoyed both the first and third book of this series. I have yet to read the second installment, which I am now very eager to do. John and Philippa are very much like average kids just trying to understand this new world they haven't quite figured out yet. Their adventures are absolutely delightful.
Can't beat books one and two
The story hops from here to there
Just like a kangaroo
From exorcisms at Dowding Street
To murders in Palm Springs
Intruders, snakes and works of art
Is what this story brings
From Kew Gardens to Calcutta
From imps to Green Dervishes
It tells what people will go through
To get themselves three wishes
Outsourced help lines, Eremites
Angels and secret writing
Some parts are Indiana Jones
And almost as exciting
Djinnternal mail is quite a stretch
And if that weren't enough
He throws the Yeti in the tale
And lots of other stuff
It focuses more on the "gross"
Than evenness of plot
We just don't need to know about
BO, boogers, and snot
Though everything falls into place
This book could be much shorter
The author would have helped us by
Cutting it by a quarter
Action packed and whirlwind fast
But there's much more in store
The final chapters warm us up
For novel number four.
Rated: 3.5 stars
the storyline centres around actual mystical/occult beliefs
- uses factual demonic names for characters
- familiarises children with the occult in a way that stimulates interest
- humanises and glorifies demons
- describes demonic human possession and frequently uses the word exorcism
promotes fear and anxiety
- devalues people, parents and those in authority
- uses aggressive language towards humans and animals and describes an act of cruelty towards an animal
- encourages lying, cheating and portrays burglary as an admirable, fun and an exciting thing for a bored youth to do